It is the time of year when bald eagles in Virginia are fledging their young. Last week, this week and the next two weeks the vast majority of new bald eagles will take to the air for the first time – called fledging. These are photos I took today June 4, 2011 in Virginia Beach, VA on the Lynnhaven River of two adults – female and then male, and their two eaglets who left their nest tree for the first time this week. Note the very white tail of the fledgling in 3rd photo. He will be easy to identify. I believe both fledglings are male.
Today they were doing what juvies do best their first few days out of the nest – calling loudly for food- called food begging. They and I got to watch dad catch two fish and sit on a pole in the water and eat both fish. They have got to learn to do that for themselves! The adults have fed them at the nest the past couple days, but will not do that much longer. It will quickly be up to these youngsters to catch their own food.
Photos copyright of Reese F Lukei Jr